The most helpful person (so far) in naming the baby is an 8th grade girl at my school--meet Tanika. (That's not her real name, but it will work.) Tanika isn't my student, but we know each other. I consistently yell at her in the hall and have to stop her from giving other students shots of Tabasco sauce at her locker. She's a tall, gangly girl who thinks she is really tough. She is loud. She likes to make a scene. She's the closest girl we have to the kids I taught in Boston. (Which means I secretly love her.)
(I wanted to take a sneaky picture of her in the hall... which turned out terrible. A few minutes later she came in my room, and said "WHY YOU TAKIN' PICTURES?" And I said, "Hey! Go stand by the calculators." I'm not sure I'm allowed to post kids here, so you can imagine under that smiley face is her smiley face.)
I'm not sure why she is so excited about my baby. She knows I'm not fond of her (again, most of our interactions involve me yelling at her). A few weeks ago in the hall, Tanika yelled: "MRS. SCOTT! DO YOU KNOW THE SEX OF THE BABY?" And I said, "It's a boy, Tanika. Go to class and stop yelling." She freaked out. I don't know why.
Last week, Tanika yelled: "MRS. SCOTT! HAVE YOU PICKED OUT A BABY NAME YET?" Me: "No Tanika, we're still working on it. Inside voice, please." "I'M GONNA MAKE YOU A LIST OF BABY NAMES." "Great Tanika, I'm looking forward to it."
On Friday, she rushed up to me to give me the list. THE LIST. The list that became the highlight of my week. I have not seen such a thorough listing of baby names--even though some of them aren't quite our style.
She informed me that she made a lot of the names up (example: Aliyzay) and that her brother helped her with some of the categories (example: Girl Magnet). Here are her suggestions...
Creative spelling aside, this list makes me SMILE. And laugh. There are so many things--I like that "Chuck" is a cute name. Cute is not the first thing I think of for the name Chuck--unless we're talking Chuck Bass. And I like "Eirrik" and "Eirrikson." Guesses on pronounciation?
And why exactly is "Blue" the name of a girl magnet? Hmm? And what makes "ZeCameron" a good name for a first born? Will it work for my second born? I also like that "Cameron" without a prefix made the list as well.
What do you think? Any names that jump out at you? Any you think I should add? I think I need a few more suggestions.